Purpose DD-214 is a brief, clear-cut record of a period or term of active service. DD-214’s will be completed for eligible personnel at time of release, transfer, change of status or retirement/transfer to fleet reserve.
Preparation of DD-214 Data entered into the DD-214 comes from service, health, pay records and official orders as appropriate. The DD-214 Work Sheet will be used by the separating member to ensure all information is accurate.
Block by Block 1. Name 2. Department, Component, Branch 3. Social Security Number 4. Grade, Rank, or Rate (4b pay grade) 5. Date of Birth 6. Reserve Obligation Termination Date 7. (7a) Place of entry into active duty
Block by Block 7b- Home of record at time of entry 8a- Last duty assignment 8b- Station where separated 9. Command to which transferred- Personnel being released under 8 years, members being transferred to Fleet Reserves, or retired will read NAVAL RESERVE PERSONNEL CENTER (reference BUPERSINST 1900.8B page 9)
Continued… 10. SGLI Coverage 11. NEC or NOBC held for one year or more. 12. (a through h ) Total prior active and inactive service/Foreign service/advancement dates. 13. Decorations
Continued… 14. Military Education- All in-service schools successfully completed. 15 (a and b) VEAP and Montgomery GI Bill information 16. Days accrued leave paid 17. If member is not Dental Classification I you have 90 days to contact the VA for treatment.
Continued… 18. Remarks- Entries in this block consist of information not elsewhere on the DD- 214, such as: A) Continuation of information B) Missing information C) Discharge for disability D) Effective date of retirement/ Transfer to Fleet Reserves
Continued… E) Dates member attended the Naval Academy. F) Upgraded discharges. 19a- Permanent mailing address 19b- Next of Kin mailing address 20. Member request to have copy 6 sent to State Director of Veterans Affairs 21. Member Signature
Continued… 22. Official Authorized to sign DD-214 23. Type of Separation 24. Character of Service 25. Separation Authority 26. Separation Code (NBD- 20 years service) 27- Re-entry code (enlisted only)
Continued… 28. Narrative reason for separation- Should correspond to block 26. 29. Dates of time lost 30. Initial Block 30 to receive copy 4 of DD-214
Distribution There are 8 copies of your DD-214. Refer to BUPERSINST 1900.8B for distribution list (page 21) Officer copy 7’s are destroyed. Enlisted copy 7’s are retained in service record. Copy 8’s are held by separating activities for two years.
Corrections Instructions for receiving a replacement DD-214 are found in BUPERSINST 1900.8B For veterans seeking to apply for benefits, in addition to your DD-214 you will need to fill out VA-21-526, form may be downloaded at http://www.vba.va.govhttp://www.vba.va.gov
Have a great day! On behalf of the Atlantic Fleet Career Information Team I would like to thank you for your service to our Navy.